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Sick pay row is set to rumble on

The government's proposal to make employers pay the first four weeks of their employees' sick pay is still causing controversy. Gareth Naughton looks at the issues involved.

21st April, 2012
Brendan McGinty, director of industrial relations and human resource services with employers' group Ibec.

Proposals by the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, to have employers cover the first four weeks of their employees' sick pay will be met with strong opposition over the coming months. Employers' groups are planning strenuous lobbying campaigns against the planned measure, which is in the consultation phase.

Under the proposals, a statutory sick pay (SSP) scheme would be established, requiring employers to pay one to four weeks of illness cover before state support...

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